WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
2019, Ciro Guerra, USA/Italy, 113 min.
With Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson
"Scorching allegory for imperialist denial and defeat feels pertinent to a current political milieu marked by the hubris of white supremacy...gains in poetry and power."--Guy Lodge, Variety
This period drama by the acclaimed director of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT serves as a provocative allegory on colonial conquest and racism. The magistrate (Rylance in an impressively nuanced performance) of a dusty North African outpost on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until faced with the arrival of Colonel Joll (Depp) and his sadistic officer Mandel (Pattinson), sent to report on border security and the activities of the local populace. The magistrate's long-standing laissez faire governance of a peaceful nomadic people meets the harsh reality of imperial expansion in the person of a man whose only goal is brutal subjugation. Closed captions (CC). (Description courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Company)
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